Category Archives: Birds

Birds of Sweetwater Wetlands 2017

It doesn’t get better than this! Recent outing to the Sweetwater Wetlands Park was packed with birds, including the Limpkin above. (I saw more limpkin in one hour than I’ve seen elsewhere in my entire life!) [Gallery] Here’s a stunning Anhinga drying his wings. (I think this is a young male just molting into adult plumage.)   […]

Everglades (Sail) Kayak Trip 2017

Everglades time again! This year I went for five days/four nights with my sister Diana Pray from LA. We did a lazy double figure eight route around northeastern Whitewater Bay and the Gulf. [Gallery] With the exception of a few distant motorboats we were completely alone for four days, quite remarkable!   The wind was southerly […]

Summer 2016 Guttenberg Iowa

New Photos from my midsummer vacation in Northeastern Iowa… I hiked from the river to the bluff at Pikes Peak State Park. The photo above shows the Wisconsin River as it meets the Mississippi. This was a good year for birds! We were entertained by Cedar Waxwings flying back and forth hunting insects… White Pelicans were […]

All in the (Eagle) Family!

I rediscovered this photo from 2012 and wanted to share it! Two teenage (juvenile) Bald Eagles… …and their parents… Remind you of any human families you know?! (Click to Enlarge)

Everglades Sail Kayak Trip 2016

This was my twentieth trip (!) to the Everglades and as always it was eventful. I was accompanied by my Brother Mark from Sacramento. We headed out on a beautiful day but storm warnings were on the horizon. [Gallery] This map shows our planned four night route and what actually happened! The third day it rained several […]

Everglades Kayak Trip December 2015

Took a short trip, first ever in December. No winter yet, temp in the 80s and therefore lots of bugs. <frown> Half this Photo Gallery is from a day trip on the upper Turner River, which was new territory for me… Our route was Halfway Creek to Crooked Creek Chickee to Watson Place to Jewel Key and out. We saw lots […]

Amelia Island & Fort Clinch State Park

Quick week-end CME trip to Amelia Island, several good bird photos… Also had time to visit Fort Clinch State Park…

Gum Slough Kayak Trip

Nice little day trip off the Withlacoochee River near Inverness. Lots of recent downed trees midway. Lower portion nice, shady cypress swamp. Upper portion more open, nice trees, flowers, etc. I saw five Swallow-Tailed Kites lazily chasing each other. Took a swim in the head spring. There are actually several springs along the upper creek, big blue holes […]

Mississippi Kites are Back!

Same tree has last year! Amazing!! [Gallery] The second bird flew in and attempted to mate, then flew off… …the entire episode lasted only a few seconds.

Barred Owl Outside My Window

We frequently see and hear Barred Owls (Strix varia) in the trees around our house. Yesterday one decided to take a nap right outside my window! Video is pretty good considering I was shooting tangentially through window glass. [Gallery]